This little town now has its very own library situated in buildings which once housed a local health clinic – it’s associated with the Central Highlands Library system so borrowers can access any of the books on their catalog. It is great not to have to go to the Woodend or Kyneton Library, or to use the funny Library Bus which came to town on Mondays and had a very limited selection of reading matter. Some of the profits from the town’s Easter Art Show were donated to the new library and used to purchase a variety of books on different crafts chosen by one of my local stitching friends, so I knew they would be worthwhile. Ever the reader of anything to do with textiles, I borrowed a book on feltmaking, something I have done with mixed results in the past. This book has a couple of chapters on making felt vessels, and having long admired those made by Teresa Poletti Glover, I decided to have a go.
This was the process….wool fibres layered over a shape, covered with some old panty hose, wet down with soapy water, and gently rolled against the sides of a bucket until the fibres felted. Then it was fulled until it shrank further and was shaped by hand. It was a little more complicated than that, but there are lots of instructions online for this technique if you are interested.
A woolly blob…..
After the first felting……
The finished vessel.
I think I may add some stitching to embellish it a bit, but was so pleased with it that I made another one this afternoon. I have lots of ideas about how I might vary the surface and shape or even to include some natural dyeing……I think I need something a little different to everyone else for next year’s Embroiderer’s Guild Exhibition. There will be some more experimentation so do watch this space!
This afternoon’s creation is still a bit damp so the colours might be a little different (lighter) when it is totally dry.